Symptom Management is Your Best Medicine
At Christian Hospital, patients have access to comprehensive, individualized treatment for diabetes. Our team of physicians, dietitians and certified diabetes educators provide personalized plans that allow patients to manage symptoms and regain control over the disease.
While diabetes has no cure, it can be managed through diet, weight control, exercise and medication. Our team works one-on-one with each patient to create a personalized plan. Endocrinologists work closely with diabetic patients to control their blood sugar with diet and medications, including insulin. Certified diabetes educators ensure our patients have the knowledge and resources necessary for continuous at-home care.
At Christian Hospital, we treat multiple types of diabetes including:
To diagnose diabetes, a number of tests can be performed. Learn more about diabetes testing.
For patients with diabetes, wound healing can be more difficult. Find out about the treatment available at our Wound Care Center.
Diabetes Management and Prevention
The exact cause of diabetes is unknown. However, genetics and lifestyle are contributing factors. While there is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes, which is a chronic condition most often diagnosed in childhood, there are ways to prevent type 2 diabetes by leading a healthier lifestyle, which is particularly important for people with a family history.
The two key factors for diabetes prevention are getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking fast or biking five days a week, and eating a variety of foods that are low in fat, salt and sugar and reducing the number of calories you eat daily.
Diabetes workshops are provided by Oasis, a non-profit educational organization. Find classes in your area by visiting Oasis St. Louis and searching keyword “diabetes.”
You can also find additional resources from the American Diabetes Association.
Endocrinology is the study of hormones, which act as chemical messengers to tissues and organs. When hormones don’t work correctly, the malfunction leads to problems such as appetite disorders and obesity, diabetes, bone issues and pituitary and thyroid conditions. An endocrinologist is a specialist…
At Christian Hospital, we treat a variety of endocrine diseases and disorders, including those related to bones, diabetes, growth, hypertension, lipid disorders, reproduction and thyroid.
Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare, members of BJC HealthCare, provide world-class medical care to the communities of North County, Greater St. Louis County and Southern Illinois.